It has been a long 19 months for fans of Three Sams BBQ Joint (as well as for staff and owner Annette Jones), but the long wait appears to finally be near an end. Jones tells me all that is left before opening are the final health and fire inspections. If those happen this week, Jones says Three Sams will be ready to go next week. It will be a joyous return from a fire in March of last year that destroyed the building and left Jones wondering if she had what it took to start the rebuilding process. However, the Mabelvale community rallied to Three Sams to assist in the recovery and rebuilding effort, and Jones and her team have been selling barbecue out of a concession trailer in the parking lot in the meantime. We will certainly let you know as soon as we have an opening day.
The largest food festival in the city is coming this weekend with the seventh annual Main Street Food Truck Festival. Downtown will be packed with dozens of trucks and tens of thousands of people from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday. Basically, if you can think of a Central Arkansas food truck, they’re probably going to be there; here’s the full rundown of trucks you’ll be able to find. The festival will also have plenty of beer on hand as well as live music and entertainment. Of course, admission is free. My advice: get there a little early to get a parking space and beat the crowd, because it will get very congested very quickly in the middle of the festival.
Speaking of food trucks, The WunderBus is getting closer to opening its permanent location in Conway. Jacqueline and Auguste Forrester have started holding what they’re calling “super soft opens” at WunderHaus and hope to hold their ribbon cutting ceremony before the end of the month. WunderHaus is located in the old Central Station just a few blocks away from downtown Conway. Expect to find plenty of German comfort food and beer to match, as well as an expanded menu focusing on cuisine from all over Europe. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more soft open events and an announcement on the restaurant’s grand opening.
Nominations are now open for the second class of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. From now until the end of October, you can fill out an online form to nominate your favorite longstanding restaurant from anywhere in Arkansas. Those nominations will then go before a panel of 13 judges, who will select the three inductees in this year’s class. Nominees must be owned and operated in Arkansas and have been open for at least 25 years. Last year, the judges selected Rhoda’s Famous Hot Tamales, Jones BBQ and Lassis Inn for the inaugural class. In addition to the three inductees, the judges will select a proprietor of the year, food-themed event of the year and people’s choice. You can submit as many nominations as you want for any of the categories. The nominating period will close after Oct. 31. All finalists will be announced next spring.
And we’re less than two weeks away from the most important annual food event in Little Rock. A few tickets are still available for the No Kid Hungry dinner at South on Main on Monday, Oct. 16. Tickets to the dinner are $175 and feature top chefs from Little Rock and beyond. All proceeds go to benefit No Kid Hungry, which works to end childhood hunger in Arkansas and the rest of the country.
Another major dinner event happening this month is the Blue Plate Special benefiting the Thea Foundation. We previewed the event this week and found out why it matters so much to the chefs who are participating.
And if you haven’t realized it yet, the month of October is truly packed with food events and new restaurant openings. We examined the spots we think you should be eating this month; take a look and order up!
- October 19 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Arkansas Arts Center
Fountain Fest is back for its fifth anniversary celebration! Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center Contemporaries, this year’s event features art, music, food, libations, all centered around a surprise installation in the Carrie Remmel Dickinson Fountain. Tickets are $25, and funds will go tow...
- October 21 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at South Main Street Commercial Historic District
New this year at the 2017 Arkansas Cornbread Festival, many local breweries will be showcasing local flavors. Heifer International will be bringing various outdoor games and some animals from the farm for a local meet-and-greet. The festival will benefit the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and South...
- October 21 @ 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Lost Forty Brewing
THE FESTIVAL OF DARKNESS 2017 Nighty Night Release Party & Celebration of Dark Beer Darkness is coming. And with it, one hellacious party. Our biggest, baddest, boldest 3 Barrel-Aged 2017 batch of Nighty Night Imperial Stout makes it’s limited debut Oct. 21st. The return of our most antic...
- October 27 @ 12:00 pm - October 28 @ 7:00 pm at Arkadelphia, AR
Central Arkansas Fermenters presents the Third Annual Arktoberfest Challenge Homebrew Competition! With cash prizes and traditional medals, the AHA/BJCP-sanctioned Arktoberfest Challenge should be at the top of every mid-South homebrewer’s list. Combine it with the Arktoberfest Craft Beer Festival...
- October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Arkadelphia, AR
Come enjoy the third annual Arktoberfest Craft Beer Festival and Caddo Valley Catfish Cook Off in Arkadelphia, Arkansas! Fun for the whole family including all Arkansas craft beers, a catfish dinner with all the fixins, Arkansas musicians and artisans, free kids’ activities, and more. Come to...
- November 4 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm at The Fold: Botanas & Bar
INAUGURAL DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION 2017 The Fold partners with Habitat for Humanity to celebrate the traditional Dia de los Muertos Keep the Halloween festivities going and join us for our inaugural Day of the Dead Celebration. We will be closing down the whole parking lot surrounding the restaur...
- April 21, 2018 @ 9:00 am at North Little Rock, AR
We’re excited to celebrate 10 years of the B Street Rib Off. Make plans now to join us in April 2018!...
Yellow Rocket Concepts has unveiled its specials for the month of October:
- Big Orange: Turkey Bacon Brie Burger and Chocolate Fudge Cake Shake
- Local Lime: Chicken, Spinach and Poblano Tamales
- Zaza: Curry-Cashew Chicken Salad
Ristorante Capeo’s weekly special is a fresh fish entree. The risotto of the week is made with mushrooms.
This weekend, Flyway Brewing’s special menu items are Buffalo Chicken Sliders and Buffalo Chicken Nachos.